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The AE2 and Others: Australia's Underwater Contribution to the First world War

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I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Submarines, World War I, Marine Archaeology, and especially the J Class Submarines, plus underwater Gallipoli - all feature in a presentation by Tim Smith of Heritage Victoria.
The AE2 and AE1 submarines
AE2 and AE1 Submarines

The presentation will be held on Wednesday October 21st at 1.30pm, at Osborne House, North Geelong. Descendants of the AE2 crew will be attending.

During the presentation Tim Smith will present a diverse talk on the Marine Archaeology of Australia and the First World War. The presentation will focus on the AE2, and AE1 J Class Submarines.

Tim's presentation will include assessment of the interior workings of the AE2 submarine, and the 2015 ceremonies at the site of the AE2. He will also review recent activities of Heritage Victoria, around nominations to the Victorian Heritage Register, military heritage educational projects, and innovative 3D mapping techniques for recording archaeological sites like the J-Class World War One Submarine wrecks (including the AE2).
The engine room of the AE2 Submarine
The engine room of the AE2

History of the AE2 Submarine

Tim Smith may touch on the history of the AE2 during his presentation. From my research, I have learned a little bit of information about the AE2 Submarine.

Vickers Limited, London, built the first two submarines for the Royal Australian Navy - the AE1 and the AE2. Vickers Limited began naval ship building in Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire, England in 1897. Vickers Limited bought out the existing naval construction business of the Naval Construction & Armaments Company.

Vickers Limited manufactured all types of warships, including design, build, engines, arming, armour of warships, ready for service. Vickers Limited also built (made, manufactured) submarine mines, aircraft, small tools, commercial ships, turbines, steam, oil and gas engines, guns and mountings for field or naval service.

Vickers Limited built the HMA Submarine AE2 in 1914. A crew of the Royal Australian Navy, officers and crew, travelled to Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire, where they spent some time doing sea trials before the submarine was officially handed over by Vickers Limited. In February 1914, the crew of the AE2 Submarine left Fort Blockhouse, Portsmouth, England to take the warship (submarine) to Australia.

In 1915, the AE2 submarine sank in the waters of Turkey. Some members of the crew were captured by Turkish soldiers and remained in captivity between 1915 and 1918.
The officers of the AE2
The Officers of the AE2

Who is Tim Smith?

Tim is the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria, within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Part of his role includes recommending places and objects to be included in the Victorian Heritage Register, under the Heritage Act 1995.

Tim Smith is the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The role involves recommending places and objects for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register under the Heritage Act 1995.

The Act (Heritage Act 1991) provides protection to the State's (State of Victoria) archaeological resource, on land and sea, within the State boundaries of Victoria. Tim Smith is a professional maritime archaeologist who maintains an active involvement in international archaeological projects including battlefield surveys at Anzac Cove and management of the AE2 (1915) submarine in Turkey.

My history lesson above is very brief. All my information and the images on this Weekend Notes page has come from the following web pages: ABC News, and Gallipoli - submarines in the Dardanelles. There is also another website with information on the submarines called Dock Museum.

I hope you enjoyed the history lesson and hopefully you can go along to Osborne House on the 21st October to listen to the talk on the AE2 Submarine and other information that Tim Smith will be sharing at his presentation.
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Why? history, museums. interest in submarines
When: 1.30pm
Where: Swinburne St North Geelong
Cost: free
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